Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions, has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, the Ravens were informed of Smith’s pending suspension last week and Smith appealed. He has reportedly decided to drop that appeal and begin serving his suspension while he’s sidelined with the injury.
While the reported suspension doesn’t affect Smith’s status this year, it will be put on his record and a potential second suspension down the road would carry a heavier sentence. Smith will also lose his pay for the final four games.
Smith sustained the Achilles injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and head coach John Harbaugh announced after the game that he’s out for the year.
The Ravens are expected to place Smith on injured reserve this week. And his suspension will likely put a blemish on what had been Smith’s best season in the NFL, as he was playing at an All-Pro level, totaling 28 tackles, three interceptions, nine passes defensed and two touchdowns. He was the league’s top cover cornerback for much of the year, according to Pro Football Focus.
The loss of Smith is a big hit to the Ravens, who control their playoff fate heading into the final four weeks of the regular season.
Rookie first-round pick Marlon Humphrey will step in to replace Smith in the starting lineup when Baltimore plays the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night.